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originally posted by: SkepticOverlord
originally posted by: scorpio84
I think you are missing something here.
Unfortunately, I think it's you who missed the important points.
Congress is in control of what little actually gets done, and in full control of what doesn't get done. With that in mind, corporations and billionaires control congress.
Votes are cast by individuals, not corporations.
Votes are bought by corporations and billionaires thanks to the citizens united ruling.
If every single American wanted something done, it'd get done.
That's just not true, and has never been true. An illusion has been crafted to promote the notion that it could be true.
The number of Americans that wanted involvement in the Korea and Vietnam wars was astonishingly small... yet there we were.
The number of Americans that want better roads, airports, and bridges is astonishingly large... yet here we are.
We are in a corporatocracy, and have been since the 1950's.
You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy.
There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today.
What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state -- Karl Marx?
They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do.
We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale.
The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that perfect world in which there's no war or famine, oppression or brutality -- one vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock, all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused. - Arthur Jensen